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NEWS RELEASE July 23, 2014
PRECAUTIONARY BOIL WATER NOTICE
WATER QUALITY ADVISORY
The South East Kelowna Irrigation District has downgraded the BOIL WATER NOTICE issued July 16, 2014 to a Water Quality Advisory, effective immediately.
Why has Boil Water Notice been downgraded?
After a brief failure July 17, 2014, the disinfection system is operating effectively and the distribution system has been thoroughly flushed to insure there is chlorine residual throughout the service area. A number of water samples taken throughout the service area have tested negative for microbes. Interior Health has been consulted and has agreed the boil water notice can be rescinded.
Why has this Water Quality Advisory been issued?
Testing shows that current water quality is FAIR due to turbidity readings of between 1 and 5 NTU. Health risk increases as turbidity levels rise, particularly for at-risk populations such as newborns, the elderly and people with weakened immune systems.
Who should be careful?
The following sensitive customers should be careful when ingesting the water:
- children and infants under the age of 2 years
- the elderly (65 years of age and older)
- people with weakened immune systems (if unsure consult with a physician)
Owners of public facilities are requested to post Water Quality Advisories at all sinks or drinking water fountains accessible to the public (alternatively, public fountains and taps may be turned off). As opportunities arise, they must also advise their clientele verbally of the Water Quality Advisory.
What should these sensitive customers do?
As a precaution, all water intended for one of the following uses should be boiled for 1 minute.
- washing fruits and vegetables
- making beverages or ice
- brushing teeth
Alternatively, sensitive customers could choose to use bottled or distilled water, or water that has been filtered through a well-maintained treatment device.
The South East Kelowna Irrigation District apologizes for any inconvenience this notification might cause our customers and appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time. If you have any questions, please contact SEKID at 250 861-4200 or check out our website at www.sekid.ca.
SEKID Contact: General Manager, Toby Pike 250 861-4200 Office
250 258-4010 Cell
The Spring 2014 Newsletter that was mailed to all landowners of the district in April is available online by following this link: Spring Newsletter 2014.
Water Quality Notifications:
The latest water quality notificationj news release can be read at this link:
News Release WQA 2014
If you are interested in receiving notification by email of water quality changes, please go to the Kelowna Joint Water Committee web site and sign up to receive the latest water quality notifications.
Keep Zebra and Quagga mussels out of B.C.
Zebra and Quagga mussels are exotic mollusks that have wreaked havoc accross the eastern seaboard and mid-west of North America. They thrive in freshwater lakes and have serious economic impacts wherever they spread. They are now reaching the western states and are moving steadily towards B.C.
Follow this link to find out more about these mussels and how to stop their spread:
Water Quality Improvement Project
We have moved our Water Quality Improvement Project information page. To find out more information about our plan to improve the district's water quality move your cursor over the "Quality" menu on the page header and scroll down to "Water Quality Improvement." You will find a summary of the Water Quality Improvement Project and links to newsletters, reports and news releases. You can also get to that page directly by clicking on the water quality graphic below:
WQIP Quick Links: